Mark Smithyes, Chair

Mark is a transformational leader with over 25 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries. His extensive career includes numerous leadership positions in multinationals like Novartis and Alcon as well as start-up ventures. His expertise includes building and managing businesses, strategic planning & enterprise risk, commercialization, communications, and government relations.

Currently, Mark is President of Life Sciences Consulting where he advises startup companies on strategy, financial forecasts, commercialization, communications, and early stage fundraising. Mark is a regular contributor and speaker at industry conferences and has extensive corporate governance experience. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Life Sciences Ontario and as Director of Endeavour Consulting.

Mark holds a BA from Western University, Ontario, Canada and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Evanston, USA.